Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how the economic downturn has hit Silicon Valley and what it means for the future of U.S. technological innovation. Continue reading
Chinese officials were quick to condemn Google’s decision to move its search engine from mainland of China because of censorship and deterioration of the relationship following hacking in January. Gwen Ifill gets two points of view on the deteriorating relationship following hacking in January. Continue reading
UPDATE 5:30PM: On Monday afternoon, Mike Hammer, spokesman for the National Security Council, said, “We are disappointed that Google and the Chinese government were unable to reach an agreement that would allow Google to continue operating its search services in … Continue reading
In other news Monday, Google announced it has moved its search engine from China to Hong Kong to circumvent censorship laws on the mainland and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that new settlements in East Jerusalem would undermine the peace process in Middle East, in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group. Continue reading
In 2005, the Authors Guild brought a lawsuit against Google for digitally scanning books without permission of the books’ authors. In November 2009, a court approved an amended settlement between the Guild and Google that gives authors the option of opting out.
In other news, Wall Street posted gains Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that interest rates should remain low. Also, demonstrators clashed with police in Athens after another strike by workers aimed at government plans to freeze wages to solve the budget crisis. Continue reading
Chinese officials openly criticized President Obama’s decision to meet with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday. Beijing warned that U.S. recognition of Tibet as an independent state would further strain Sino-U.S. relations. Jeffrey Brown speaks to two experts about recent tension between the nations. Continue reading
Ursula Le Guin, best for her works of science fiction and fantasy, has been writing and publishing novels, children’s books, poetry and drama for over four decades. In December, she withdrew her membership from the Author’s Guild because she disagreed with the organization’s stance on the author settlement offered by Google in its plan to digitize millions of books.